Do your best to come to me soon.  For Demas, in love with this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica.  Crescens has gone to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia.  Luke, alone, is with me.  Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is very useful to me for ministry.  Tychicus I have sent to Ephesus.  When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, also the books and, above all, the parchments.  Alexander, the coppersmith, did me great harm.  The Lord will repay him according to his deeds.  Beware of him yourself, for he strongly opposed our message.  At my first defense, no one came to stand by me, but all deserted me.  May it not be charged against them!  But the Lord stood by me and strengthened me so that, through me, the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it.  So I was rescued from the lion’s mouth.  The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed and bring me safely into His heavenly kingdom  To Him be glory forever and ever.  Amen.  (2 Timothy 4.9-18)

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